Mid-air collision Accident Fairey Swordfish Mk I K5947,
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Date:Friday 5 February 1937
Type:Silhouette image of generic SWOR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairey Swordfish Mk I
Owner/operator:825 Sqn FAA RAF
Registration: K5947
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mediteranean sea, off Alexandria -   Egypt
Phase: En route
Departure airport:HMS Glorious, Mediteranean Sea, off Alexandria, Egypt
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Fairey Swordfish Mk.I K5947, 825 Squadron, HMS Glorious: Written off (destroyed) 5/2/37 in a mid air collision with Fairey Swordfish K5938 (also of 825 Squadron Fleet Air Arm) off Alexandria, Egypt during torpedo dropping practice. Both crew killed:

Flying Officer Gerald Arthur Vardon (24) killed (Lt, RN)
Telegraphist Bert Overal killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (February 18, 1937 page 177 - see link #3)

The Air Ministry regrets to announce that Lieutenant Gerald Arthur Yardon, Royal Navy, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, and No. P/J X 129984 Telegraphist Bert Overal, Royal Navy, lost their lives as the result of a collision in the air which occurred off Alexandria on February 5, 1937, between two aircraft of No. 825 [Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron, embarked of H.M.S. Glorious.

Lieutenant Vardon and Telegraphist Overal were the pilot and passenger of one aircraft. The occupants of the second aircraft are safe and uninjured"


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 48)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1937/1937%20-%200453.html
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20170912054316/http://www.naval-history.net:80/xDKCas1937.htm

Revision history:

08-Apr-2018 21:38 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Oct-2018 17:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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